[CRYOLIST] PhD position in Glacio-Hydrology at ETH Zurich, Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management

Francesca Pellicciotti pellicciotti at ifu.baug.ethz.ch
Tue Aug 6 15:08:36 PDT 2013

The Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, Institute of 
Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich has a vacancy for

*1**PhD position in glacio-hydrology*

The position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation project 
"/UNderstanding COntrasts in high MoUNtain hydrology in Asia 
(UNCOMUN)"/. The project aim is to improve the understanding of the 
glacio-hydrological response to climate variations of the glacierised 
Langtang catchment in central Himalaya. The project intends to (i) study 
the role debris covered glaciers play on glaciers dynamics, ablation 
patterns, mass balance and runoff, and (ii) characterise patterns of air 
temperature and precipitation important for the hydrological response of 
the catchment.

The PhD project will focus on supra-glacial lakes and ice cliffs and 
their role on the total ablation and mass balance of the debris covered 
glaciers, as well as their evolution in time and space and mechanisms 
that lead to their formation and development. The candidate will conduct 
field work on glaciers in the Langtang catchment and use the collected 
data, together with existing datasets from previous campaigns, to test 
hypotheses for supra-glacial lakes formation and ice cliffs development, 
and then develop numerical models of lakes and cliffs ablation. These 
will then be integrated into a distributed energy and mass balance model 
to be applied to the entire glacier systems.

The PhD project is set within the larger UNCOMUN project. It will be 
jointly supervised by Dr. F. Pellicciotti and Dr. W. Immerzeel, together 
with Prof. P. Burlando, and will benefit from synergies with the remote 
sensing component of the project (lead by Dr. Tobias Bolch) and the 
glacio-hydrological modelling component. The research benefits from 
collaborations with the climate modelling group at the University of 
Graz (Dr. Andreas Gobiet) and other researchers at national and 
international level.

The successful applicant will have a degree in Civil or Environmental 
Engineering, Physics or a related field, with glaciology and/or 
hydrology as a major being an asset.A specific knowledge of energy and 
mass balance glacier processes is highly welcomed. Familiarity with 
field measurements, statistical data analysis and numerical modelling, 
as well as good programming skills (Matlab, IDL or others) is mandatory. 
We expect a person highly motivated towards scientific research, showing 
personal initiative, being comfortable with both team and independent 
work, and having good oral and written communication skills. Knowledge 
of English is required, knowledge of German is an advantage. The 
candidate must be physically fit and willing to undertake fieldwork 
under challenging conditions. The PhD candidate will work in an 
international team of motivated young scientists.

Additional information about the position can be obtained by e-mailing 
Dr. F. Pellicciotti (pellicciotti at ifu.baug.ethz.ch 
<mailto:pellicciotti at ifu.baug.ethz.ch>). Applications should include a 
motivation letter, a detailed CV including information about academic 
education, a list of publications (if any), and references, to be 
submitted as single PDF fileto Dr. Francesca Pellicciotti 
(pellicciotti at ifu.baug.ethz.ch). The tentative start is 1^st October, 
but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


Dr. Francesca Pellicciotti

Institute of Environmental Engineering
ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
IHW - HIL D23.3
CH 8093 Zuerich, Switzerland

Tel:  +41-44-633 7720
Fax:  +41-44-633 1061
mailto:pellicciotti at ifu.baug.ethz.ch


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